WTTG-TVs sports director Dave Feldman is leaving the station after 12 years in the D.C. market. According to a piece by Dan Steinberg in The Washington Post, it’s “yet another sign of Washington’s new sports media landscape.”
The past year, said Steinberg, has brought what feels like a mass exodus of Washington’s network sports anchors. In July, Lindsay Czarniak left WRC for ESPN; the network has yet to hire her replacement. In August, Brett Haber announced he was leaving his role as sports director at WUSA; he has since become a commentator for the Tennis Channel and will call Olympic tennis for NBC. Sara Walsh left WUSA for ESPN in 2010, and Hakem Dermish left WRC for ESPN earlier this year.
When Haber left, he openly expressed a concern that covering sports for local news broadcasts was “not as relevant as it once was.” Feldman, though, said the time WTTG allocated to sports did not shrink during his tenure, and that his departure was not a larger statement.